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I was recently asked to say a bit about my writing style and how it seems to be Totally Different from the main stream of Story Tellers who are pumping out book after book. This conundrum, “to be quite honest,” is something that I’ve never actually thought about.
Well, let me rephrase that.
For those that are in the know, Alaska Angelini is a Very Famous Author and Dear Family Member of mine who is to blame for my decision to finally become the writer that I’ve professed that I was always going to be.
That’s because The Darkened Maiden of Erotica beat me to it first.
And, she unknowingly stoked my jealousy button after I learned of her success.
Before I got started, I asked my Cousin what her best advice would be when writing a book and this is what she said.
Write your book Exactly how the characters speak to you, Bad Words And All. Don’t obsess on what they are, “or not,” doing or saying and allow the story line to breathe and grow. If a publisher has an issue with it, they will tell you.
That was the exact same advice she was given.
I believe that’s the difference between Traditional and Non-Traditional writing.
I see the Traditionalist always worrying about what is being said and done within the pages of their book. Personally, it feels as if They are trying to please the masses instead of growing and expanding the depths of their inner Author.
“To Me,” this stifles and damages the free flow thinking of the Story Teller.
DON’T DO THAT!
If the characters are pulling you towards letting their freak flags fly, allow them that honor. The reasons and actions of why they do what they are doing will end up making a Great and Insightful Tale.
By following that advice, my first book, (YEAR OF THE CICADA,) NOT ONLY turned out to be One Hell Of A Story, but I also expect it to be one of the Most CONTROVERSIALLY ENJOYED Books to be written in this day and age.
At some point, If the world ever decides, “once again,” that certain books must be banned and burned for their content, I’m Absolutely Certain that It’s Boundary Breaking Pages will place it high on the list of OH MY GOD, HOW DARE HE GO THERE!
I believe that willingness of letting it flow formatting is what will end up making me a Great and Sought-After Author.
That, and the fact my books are designed to keep My Fans on their toes and always Second-guessing what kind of outcomes might just happen to be laying around that next corner of Intrigue, Shock and Suspense.
Still To This Day, I’m one of those readers who will put a book down, “and probably never pick it up again,” if I’m not engaged within the first Five to Ten pages. And if by some chance it hasn’t enthralled me by the end of that first chapter, our time together is officially done.
That is the Main Foundation when it comes to my writing.
I expect my readers to be Fully Mesmerized and Addicted to my stories by the time they turn that next page.
The other reason I consider myself a Non-Traditional Author is do to the fact that I Refuse to write my stories just to please everyone out there. Because of how different people can be, I know for a fact that the miracle of making the masses happy ISN’T going to happen.
Besides that, I would be doing myself a Horrible Injustice.
To me, a Traditional Writer goes with the grain and is afraid to make waves.
LOLOL, That’s So Not Me.
I Love Making Waves.
I’ve made So Many Waves with YEAR OF THE CICADA, “Do To Its Graphic Language, Sexual Subject Matter, Adult Situations and Taboo Characters,” that only a few of my friends and family members who are free thinkers have been able to finish it.
And Those that did, Loved Every Delectable Page.
To This Day, I blame my dad Denise Lancaster for that wicked sense of writing and humor that I Purposely place in All of my books.
In 1974, “at the age of 5,” we went to the drive-inn to see The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. In 1979, “when I was 10,” he let us watch Dawn Of The Dead. At 13, “2 weeks before going to Boy Scout Camp for the 1st time,” he took us to see Friday the 13th.
Needless to say, the SECLUDED camp was on a lake in the deep, dark woods of Conroe Texas.
“And by the way,” our campsite was the VERY LAST ONE at the Far End of the Pitch-Black Woods.
Right Where A Serial Killer ALWAYS Starts!
So, I guess someone could Honestly Say that there has Never been anything Traditional about me or my upbringing. That darkened foundation was also do to the fact that I was a geek growing up and could always be found hanging, “and performing,” with the Drama club and those that were deemed outcast.
Being an Ex Carnie with a quirkiness for Evil Clowns is another Cherished Gem as to my weirdness too.
They are physically making me input that acknowledgement concerning their influences about my writings because they want their involvement literarily acknowledged amongst the public and academic world also.
Anyways, back to the main reason of why I’m writing this piece about the difference between Traditional and Non-Traditional writers.
If I was to ask you to name off a handful of Traditional writers, most people couldn’t do it. But when it comes to Non-Traditional Story Tellers, we can All spout off Author’s like King, Rowling’s, H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe.
They have all gone against the grain at some point in their writing careers and have the success and cult like followings to show for it.
That is the path I hope to not only be on, but that is the plan I will continue staying with.
I hope to Never have my literary accomplishments tossed into the everyday pile of, “Whatever”. My goal is to Stand Out, Cause Waves and to be Unique in Every Aspect of my writing.
And that’s the choice Every Writer has to make when entering the Gladiator Arena of becoming an accomplished author.
Once You enter the battlefield, are You just going to go along with the flow or stand your ground and fight for what is yours. I can Honestly say that if you are one who tends to blend in with all the others, your success as a Remembrall Author will More Than Likely Not Happen.
But, if you are willing to Fight, Bleed and Stand Up for what You Believe In; the Starving Reader of Non-Traditional writing will come knocking on Your Door for that next Block Buster of a Novel that could end up changing the world.
So, Never Back Down or Succumb to those who might mean well or act like they have your best interest at heart. For if you do; that one story only you can tell the way it Demands To Be Told, will fade away into nothing and people like me will never get the pleasure of reading a tale that could have been your magic carpet ride to Literary Acknowledgement, Phenomenal Success and quite possibly Fame and Fortune.
No Matter The Cost, Your breakout moment will eventually come when You are Finally Willing to be Your Actual Self and allow Your Soul and Spirit to write the way it is meant to be written.
Never let other’s enslave that which was meant to be free.
You and Your Free-Thinking Words.
To All my Brothers and Sisters who are walking the same path that I am currently on, I say this.
Write My Friends.
Allow the Idea to lift you up.
Enjoy its refreshing wordage upon the page.
And, “once you’re done,” soak in the accomplishments warm embrace.
The words, ideas and memorable characters that are crying out to speak, will all be heard once you find your peace and that sweet, sweet spot of contentment which only comes once you are willing to surrender to that which is demanding to be written.
Now, its your turn to make a decision.
What kind of Author are You planning on becoming.
Traditional OR Non-Traditional?
“AND FOR GOD’S SAKES!” Don’t Let Or Allow Others To Make What Could Be An Enslaving Choice For You.
This is Your Walk to walk and No One Else’s.
So, Stop Procrastinating and Start Writing.
Your success will only materialize after you begin placing one word after the next.
Hopefully I Will See You at the finish line, but Only You can choose and make that Life Changing Option.
I wish All Of You the Best and Happy writing.
Sincerely E.A. Green / The Greenman.
If you are interested in reading any of my Non-Traditional writings, “Year of The Cicada, Father May I, Flesheaters, Just Jellies, My kids series Don’t Let The Bedbugs Bite, and some of my short stories,” they can ALL be found at Breakingrulespublishing.com or that other place called Amazon.
Look for the release of my next Non-Traditional Novel, REAL SKIN, here in the near future.